- GOTTSCHALKS CHANGE: Jim Famalette, president and chief executive officer of the Fresno, Calif.-based Gottschalks, has assumed the additional role of chairman, succeeding Joseph Levy, who is retiring. Levy, a member of the Gottschalks founding family, will continue to serve the regional chain as a director and chairman emeritus. In addition, Gottschalks named Gregory Ambro as executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Daniel Warzenski as vice president of finance and chief financial officer. Ambro was chief administrative and financial officer and Warzenski was vice president of finance. Gottschalks, which operates 59 department stores and four specialty apparel stores, continues to examine strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value.

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